Spotlight on Winchester's rich heritage

Press Release: 16/10/2006

Winchester City Council has appointed a Historic Environment Champion who will play a central role in protecting the unique buildings and archaeology of the district.

Cllr Patricia Stallard, the Cabinet Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport, is keen to make a real contribution and ensure that the historic environment is taken into account in the development of all Council plans, targets, policies and strategies.

"I care deeply about our wonderful buildings and the history and archaeology of this area, and am committed to promoting these in all my work," she said.   "As a first step, I have made sure that the protection of our historic environment is embedded in the draft of the new corporate strategy which is about to go out for consultation."

The appointment by the Council's Cabinet comes in response to an initiative by English Heritage, the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment.

"Residents of the district are proud of their history and heritage.  Champions work to persuade colleagues in both the local authority and wider community that the historic environment offers many opportunities to improve the quality of life for everyone," added Cllr Stallard.

Cllr George Beckett, the Leader of Winchester City Council, who also has the portfolio for Economy and Tourism, added: "The distinctive look and feel of our city and market towns is a key reason why entrepreneurs want to locate their businesses here, why artists love to work and perform here and why independent retailers find a home for their wares here. 

"The historic environment is actually a major contributor to the economic wellbeing of the district.  I welcome the appointment of Cllr Stallard and will support her work as Champion." 

Cllr Stallard is looking forward to liaising with officers, residents, and amenity groups in the district on a regular basis.  She can be contacted on email at pstallard@winchester.gov.uk or on Tel 023 9225 1484.